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John McRae

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  • Service number
    204368 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Gunner AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM
  • War
    Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999). - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    McRae AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    204368 AWMM
  • Gender
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    13 May 1928 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Thames, Coromandel District, Waikato, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Thames, Coromandel, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Mill hand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Hikutaia, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Leonard McRae (father), Whangamata, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
  • Campaigns
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    204368 AWMM
  • Military service
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Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Gunner AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served with Kayforce 1952-53

    "During the following night, 2 - 3 May, the regiment suffered its first, and only, enemy-inflicted fatal casualties of the year. A heavy bombardment seemed to indicate that an attack on 28 Brigade was imminent, though in the end it fell on neighbouring Canadians and gave the New Zealand gunners a busy night. While operating behind Hill 159, Sergeant R.J. Reid, 162 Battery's signals sergeant, and Gunner John McRae were killed by this enemy shellfire." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 338)

    Gunner McRae's sister, Mrs Witarina MacKenzie of Whangamata received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday 27 November 2003 AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    24 AWMM
  • Date of death
    3 May 1953 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Korea AWMM
  • Death notes
    Korea AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea AWMM
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary
    NZ Herald, 5 May 1953, p. 8. AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
    New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.
    http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-war
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • McGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMM
      1996, pp. 338, 371, 407. [photo of funeral service pp. 350-351] AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      5 May 1953, p. 8. AWMM